I know my posts are usually “rainbows and butterflies”, and my daily workouts. But this was on my heart this evening. By looking at these 2 photos you would never suspect one, or both battle depression. That is because depression has no face. .
The thing about depression is that it does not discriminate. It preys on all walks of life. From your local banker, to the guy delivering your happy hour drink, to your favorite comedian, to your childhood favorite musician, to your favorite multimillionaire designer, to your neighbor living a normal life working a 9-5. It’s the same girl or guy who always has a smile on, and cheering the whole room up. And it’s even your best friend you grew up with since Pre-K. .
It arrives unannounced, with no given agenda. It does not inform you of how long it intends to stay, and does not explain the depth into which the stay will be. It does not warn you what will trigger it’s arrival, and gives you no instructions on how to go about evicting the disease from your head space.
The thing about depression is more than 3 million people suffer from it a year, however somehow not many people WANT to talk about this subject. It tends to make the victim and the ones around them uncomfortable. However we can literally talk all day about physical wounds or illnesses, or the common cold and feel completely normal about this. But when was the last time we asked, “Hey, how’s everything been, are you HAPPY?” .
Because somewhere along the line we have embedded it in our brains that mental illnesses/depression is a sign of weakness. Depression medications are “crazy pills”. And it is just not something we talk about. It is something we should almost be ashamed to admit we deal with.
But why? Why is this so hard to talk about? Why don’t we ask our friends, family, or coworkers about their mental state? But we’ll ask them how much they spent at target? Or if they heard about [insert name] had the flu. Or if they know what Kim Kardashian is naming their new baby. Why is this the “norm” for our society?
Y’all, CHECK YOUR FRIENDS. Even the happy ones, especially the “happy” ones. 🖤
8 months ago I had the two medals to the fat right, for cycling the Great Manchester Cycle 52 mile challenge. They have been sat in a drawer under my bed since 2014...
Now... I have worked my ass off this year, I have put in the miles, I have overcome the minor injuries, the blisters, the shin splints, the snow, the 30° heat, and most importantly my own mind
Its safe to say I am so proud of these, they may just be medals but to me they are many things! They remind me of everything I have overcome, what my life used to be life since before this year, they remind me of the hard work and the friends I have made since starting running. 🏃♂️
Hanging up the medal for the Birchwood 10k means a lot to me as this is the village I live in, completing my goals surrounded by the people I know and live around. It's true that your life can change for the better but I believe it can only change if YOU do something about it. Every day I look at these and I'm reminded to 'Keep moving forward' 🏃♂️
Anybody else love spending time in the kitchen on Sunday?
Today, I’m making a big ol batch of infused water stuffed with fresh herbs from the garden (the only thing I successfully kept alive in the CA heat 🤷🏼♀️) AND a generous jug of white wine sangria. Dehydrate/rehydrate amiright??
Also whipping up some cold salads so nobody has to lift a finger as we’re chillin our toes in the cool, cool pool water.
Summertime and the living is easy...
Hey, 👋 how’s your Saturday?
I made an omelet, shortened a dress (oh how I thank my lucky stars I learned to sew as a wee girl) figured out how to set the echos up with multi-room music streaming, and took a dip in the pool.
Now I’m cozying up with my kindle and @mikedooleytut “playing the matrix,” fully expecting to drift into a nap at some point. Then maybe headed to the theater to see “Crazy, Rich Asians” after.
Ah, ain’t life grand?? 😊💖💫
If there's one thing about myself I'm really proud off, it's that I have always pushed myself out of my comfort zone and followed my intuition in trying new, different and exciting things, continuously tried to develop myself and keep learning about the world.
Even if it meant starting all the way from the bottom again, doing everything over again or settling down in new places again. In the end, through the struggles, it was always more than worth it and I believe I have already collected enough memories and experiences to last me a lifetime. 🙌🏻 #lifewelllived
Cheers to life and off to more adventures! ❤️